BOOK CLUB: Something Like This

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Best selling Australian author Karly Lane’s latest offering in the Rural Romance genre, Something Like This, combines Karly’s love of romance with her love of horses to give her readers yet another unmissable rural romance story.

Anyone who has read a Karly Lane novel will know her two biggest loves are horses and romance, and Something Like This combines both loves. Even if you’re not a horsey person (which I’m not) you will love Tilly and Jason’s story. It is more than just horses it is a story of pain, loss, suffering, and the power of love.

Through Healing Hooves Horse therapy Tilly brings together a group of troubled teens, on their last chance, and a few wild brumbies saved from culling. The teens are taught to work with the horses and I’m not sure who was taming who, but both boys and horses are offered a new chance at life. It was moving to watch these reluctant teens open up and Tilly’s lifelong dream come to fruition.

Jason Weaver was planning a quiet life fixing up the old house he had purchased. His time-fighting in Afghanistan had left physical and emotional scars and Ben Tirran seemed the perfect place to spend time alone. That is until he drops into the local cafe and meets Tilly. Now he can’t keep her out of his mind.

Jason is such a likable character, even when he was being grumpy and disagreeable. I immediately warmed to him and Lane has a remarkable way of invoking empathy in her readers for even the moodiest and socially disagreeable of characters.

Tilly is awesome. She has had tragedy after tragedy thrown at her, and yet she was vibrant, determined, and strong. What an inspiration! Her story will break your heart.

Jason and Tilly were complete opposites neither really into what the other liked but their personalities complemented each other and they were both willing to compromise which I thought was a realistic founding for a relationship.

Horses form a large part of the story in Something Like This and even as a nonhorse lover I was fascinated by the idea of capturing and taming wild brumbies rather than culling. Lane’s knowledge and love for these wild horses are evident.

In Something Like This Karly Lane explores the healing power of animals. I have heard of pet therapy where dogs are taken to hospitals, nursing homes, and schools but introducing horses as therapy was new to me. Other areas explored were small-town gossip, genetic diseases, the mental health of people with a disability, communities helping each other, and working towards a dream.

Karly Lane is firmly on my must read list.

ISBN: 9781760529253 / Publisher: Allen and Unwin

A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club members are reading Something Like This. You can read their comments below, or add your own review!

8 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Something Like This

  1. I was lucky to receive ‘Something Like This’ by Karly Lane. It is a cute novel about love, heartache, loss and starting over. Jason and Tilly are the main characters that you follow in this book. Jason thinks he will live a solitary life after the army and Tilly has had to move on and be positive about life ahead after she lost her husband. 2 lives with baggage and how they work through this respectfully. It’s all set in the beautiful backdrop of rural Australia and keeps you engaged. Loved it!

  2. Something like this – Karly Lane
    After being discharged from the Army due to injury Jason buys a run down old farm house that he intends to fix up and keep to himself.
    Tilly has moved back to small town Ben Tirran after a series of family tragedies. She is determined to fulfill her dream of setting up a horse therapy program, Healing Hooves. Her love for horses inherited from her Grandfather who taught her everything as she grew up.
    When Jason has breakfast at the cafe that Tilly works in their first meeting is far from love at first sight! But when they start to get to know each other they begin to feel a spark between them.
    Both scared and stubborn they each try to ignore their feelings.
    Will they let their past hold them back or will they give in to these feelings?
    Another very enjoyable book by Karly Lane covering a range of emotional topics.
    Thanks to Beauty and Lace

  3. Thanks to Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read ‘Something Like This’ by Karly Lane.

    This is a wonderful story full of heart, community values and interesting multifaceted characters. Also the wonderful background on he Australian brumbies (the Guy Fawkes Heritage Horses) used in Tillys equine therapy program, helping troubled kids, is a beautiful touch that brings perspective to the whole story.

    Karly Lane brings the community of Ben Tirran to life and the characters are all well described and feel real. I spent the whole story wishing to visit a place with such interesting people and community.

    Tillys relationship with Jason unfolds in a natural and realistic manner with a spark growing over time. There are trials and issues (of course!) but the story flows so beautifully.

    I can highly recommend Something Like This to anyone wanting to read a lovely story with heart!
    Thanks again Beauty and Lace.

  4. Thanks to Beauty and Lace Club and Allen and Unwin for the opportunity to read ‘Something Like This’ by Karly Lane.

    Karly is a seasoned Australian rural fiction author and I am a huge fan of all her novels thus far. ‘Something Like This’ does not disappoint.

    This novel features 2 main characters, Jason and Tilly who initially are not known to each other. Tilly and Jason have both experienced more losses and heartbreak than anyone should experience and they each have their way to try to deal with them to try and move on.

    Doing so they find each other and try and help each other heal a little. Do they trust themselves to open their hearts and try and find happiness? Read and find out, you’ll be glad you did!

  5. Something Like This by Karly Lane has been a pleasure to read. I adore reading Australian rural romances and to experience the budding romances of the lead characters. Karly has clearly done her research when writing about the Guy Fawkes Heritage Horses, a knowledge gained from her own experiences with these magnificent animals.

    There were numerous off shoots to the story involving various characters and their trials and tribulations. This made for a very wholesome story but it was the lead character Tilly who was always willing to be involved in the lives of others and it is her experiences and emotions that are predominantly described in this novel.

    I was very keen to read another Karly Lane novel and am very grateful to have had the opportunity. Thank you Karly Lane, Allen & Unwin and Beauty & Lace Book Club, I have thoroughly enjoyed this read.

  6. I am a massive Karly Lane fan who loves adding to my collection each time there is a new release and “Something Like This” is the latest to be added to the bookcase. 

    Jason Weaver is transitioning from military life to civilian life, which for the moment means he wants to be left alone, so he has packed up and moved to country New South Wales. Jason plans to renovate an old farmhouse he purchased in Ben Tirran so the solitude he craves can become reality. He wants his days to be slower, enjoy the countryside, and slowly renovate the farmhouse while he takes time to heal from the injury and trauma from his overseas service in Afghanistan.
     
    Tilly Hollis is focused on her dream of running an equine therapy program.  This dream was one she and her late husband shared and she is determined to get her program up and running. Tilly is working two jobs to save up and it is in the coffee shop where she works that she meets Jason.

    I found both the characters realistic and relatable as many have been through loss or broken at times so will relate. I found the inclusion of a character like Jason who is suffering the after-effects of his military service very important as this brings awareness to PTSD and the issues both the serving members and families can experience.

    Being a Karly Lane fan and following her on Facebook it was also very endearing that her beloved brumbies were featured in this book as part of the storyline. Anytime I read one of Karly’s books I love feeling wrapped up in her love of the rural landscape – the people, the homes and towns, the animals, and the Aussie spirit is there in the words that fill her pages.

    Can Jason and Tilly find a way to overcome the hurt and pain they have experienced?

    This beautiful book will have you turning the pages into the night.  Thank you Beauty and Lace and Allen & Unwin for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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